Our children have the right to know what they are putting into their bodies. We are not vegetarians.....or vegans......but we do care and love all living things. My children are very concerned when they see someone being less than respectful to an animal, insect or even a tree.
I really want them to understand that there is a difference between "cheap meat" and free range meat in how it is raised and treated. To me, offering my children information in this regard is true informed consent.
Lately, our conversations have been surrounding the issue of the ethical treatment of animals. I explain the different reasons why some people are vegetarian and vegan. I explain why some buy organic and free range. I discuss hormone and antibiotics use, I simply share what I know.
In turn, my children are better informed people navigating our World. They can make choices that feel right to them. They can stand up for what they value and believe in. They can have true informed consent.